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January 20, 2009

Changes At NAFI: Hills Not Re-Elected To Board Of Directors

Master Instructor Program To Be Administered By NAFI Staff

There are some big changes at the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI). Among the developments from Tuesday's meeting to elect a new board of directors is the news two established members of the board, JoAnn Hill and Sandy Hill, were not re-elected to new terms.

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It's Official -- Eclipse Sale Approved By Bankruptcy Court Judge

EclipseJet Aviation International Given Verbal OK To Purchase Assets

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 01.20.09 1500 MST: Sold. Moments ago, US Bankruptcy Court Judge Mary Walrath "verbally approved" the sale of the assets of Eclipse Aviation to EclipseJet Aviation International, a subsidiary of ETIRC Aviation.

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XOJET Guarantees Availability On Challenger 300 Fleet

Adds Positions For Popular Midsize Bizjet

XOJET announced this week it is now offering guaranteed availability on its Bombardier Challenger 300 fleet through a limited number of added positions in its popular Fleet Exchange Membership program, a customized offering specifically tailored to each customer's financial priorities and travel needs.

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Noted Aerobatic Performer Lost In NSW Extra Downing

Runway Accident Claims Tom Moon

Noted Australian aerobatic pilot Tom Moon was lost Tuesday morning when his Extra 300 crashed on the runway at Temora Airport, in the Riverina region of New South Wales.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 01.20.09

Press Release 101

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.20.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.20.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Press Release 101: 01.20.09 (ANN Special Report, with ANN Managing Editor Rob Finfrock.)

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Alpha Flying Expands PlaneSense Fractional Program

Expands Coverage Area, Names New Sales Specialist

New Hampshire-based Alpha Flying, Inc. has appointed H.L. "Skip" Hockman as Sales Specialist for its PlaneSense Fractional Ownership Program, following continued growth in its primary operating area, formerly east of the Mississippi. It has recently been expanded westward to include parts of Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma.

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Eurocopter Sells 715 Helicopters In 2008

588 Helicopters Delivered On Year

Eurocopter noted with some pride Tuesday it held onto the title of world’s leading helicopter manufacturer in 2008, stating it "fully met its 2008 objectives for helicopter sales and deliveries."

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K-State Salina Adds Cessna 421B To Maintenance Training Fleet

Twin Donated To School's A&P Program

The growing fleet of learning aircraft at Kansas State University has expanded once more with the gift of a pressurized twin-engine Cessna 421B. The piston-powered aircraft was a gift from K-State supporters and aviation enthusiasts Kenneth and Tamara Knight.

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Boeing Completes First Wedgetail Aerial Refuelings

First Time A 737 Has Been Fueled In-Flight

Boeing recently announced some much-needed good news regarding its delayed 737 "Wedgetail" program for Australia's air force. The company has completed the first aerial refuelings of the platform.

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Flight 1549 Lead Investigator 'Almost Quit' After First Accident

NTSB's Robert Benzon Notes Improving Trend In Airliner Safety

In the media blitz surrounding the five-person flight crew onboard US Airways Flight 1549, somewhat overlooked in the frenzy is the team of National Transportation Safety Board investigators tasked with determining why the Airbus A320 lost power in both engines and ditched in the Hudson River on January 15.

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General Atomics To Develop Algae-Derived Jet Fuel

Will Search For Cheaper Methods To Produce Biofuel

San Diego, CA-based General Atomics was awarded a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop scalable processes for the cost-effective large-scale production of algae triglyceride oil and an algae-derived JP-8 jet fuel surrogate.

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MHI Joins Trent XWB Engine Development Team

Partners With Rolls-Royce On New High-Bypass Turbofan

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries announced Tuesday the company will participate in development of the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB aero-engine for the Airbus A350 XWB, which is expected to become Airbus's mainstay commercial aircraft.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.20.0

It turns out Flight 1549 suffered a compressor stall two days before it became a seaplane.
Could the heroes of The Miracle on the Hudson face lawsuits?
And another investment executiv

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.20.09

It turns out Flight 1549 suffered a compressor stall two days before it became a seaplane.
Could the heroes of The Miracle on the Hudson face lawsuits?
And another investment executiv

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ANN Special Feature: ANN's Rob Finfrock, Press Release 101 - 01.20.09

In a year bound to bring more than its share of unpleasant news, ANN Managing Editor Rob Finfrock explains how and when to get us your side of the story.

FMI:

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Aero-TV Profiles All Things Piper: The NBAA Update (Part Two)

One Of GA's Legacy Manufacturers Wasn't Bashful About Looking To The Future

We thought that the presser that Piper conducted at NBAA 2008 might hold a few clues as to their future and that, combined with other interview material might make for an interesting overview as a revitalized Piper heads into 2009. Jim Bass, President of Piper Aircraft announced during the 2008 NBAA Convention that, against declining industry-wide sales of piston aircraft, Piper's piston sales were up through the 3rd quarter of '08. At a time when General Aviation’s overall piston-aircraft deliveries are down, Piper Aircraft underscored its comparative string of successes by noting that its piston aircraft deliveries were up 24 percent for the 3rd Quarter of 2008. The company also that announced ov

Aero-TV Profiles All Things Piper: The NBAA Update (Part Two)

One Of GA's Legacy Manufacturers Wasn't Bashful About Looking To The Future At NBAA 2008

We thought that the presser that Piper conducted at NBAA 2008 might hold a few clues as to their future and that, combined with other interview material, might make for an interesting overview as a revitalized Piper heads into 2009.

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Report: Engine Suffered Compressor Stall On Prior N106US Flight

Passengers Heard Loud Bangs On Flight 1549 Two Days Before Hudson Ditching

The US Airways A320 that lost engine power and ditched in New York's Hudson River last week experienced engine anomalies on the same route two days prior to the January 15 incident, according to passengers.

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Delta Takes Hard Line In Renegotiating ATL Leases

Hints At Moving Transient Traffic To Other Airports

Back in 2006, when there was talk of US Airways staging a hostile takeover of then-bankrupt Delta and closing down its Atlanta headquarters, Delta rallied the local citizenry by handing out 50,000 red, campaign-style buttons which read, "Keep Delta My Delta."

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F-22 Raptors Begin Training Missions Over Japan

Kadena Deployment Part Of Western Pacific Show Of Force

F-22 Raptors took to the sky over Japan last week. Members of the 27th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron began flight operations January 14 with Kadena Air Base officials.

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Avidyne Extends European MLX770 Approval To Pressurized Planes

Now OK'd For King Airs, PA-46s, PC-12s

Avidyne announced Monday it recently received Minor Change Approval (MCA) from the European Aviation Safety Agency for installation of their MLX770 two-way datalink transceiver into pressurized aircraft.

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Boeing Isn't Guaranteed To Win Next Presidential Aircraft Contract

The Audacity Of... An A380 Air Force One?

Even as the plight of US manufacturers has revived "buy American" sentiment, the Pentagon appears to be opening the door for the next Air Force One to come from Toulouse, France.

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Hainan Airlines Goes With Rockwell Collins For A320 Avionics

Includes MultiScan Hazard Detection, Multi-Mode Receiver

Hainan Airlines has selected Rockwell Collins to provide a comprehensive package of communication, navigation and surveillance avionics for 13 new Airbus A320 aircraft. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2010.

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Dart Earns FAA, EASA Approvals For EC135 Round-I-Beam Skidtubes

Expanded Availability For Stronger Landing Gear

Dart Helicopter Services affiliate Dart Aerospace recently received the updates to both the FAA and EASA certifications of its Round-I-Beam™ Skidtube for the Eurocopter EC135 P2+/T2+. Previous issues of the FAA and EASA STC's listed EC 135P1/P2/T1/T2 models only.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.20.09)

Aero-Linx!

Over 60 years ago the skies around Yorkshire resounded to the sound of heavy bombers climbing to altitude before going on their journeys, (some one way), to bomb the industrial and military might of Hitler's Third Reich.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.20.09): Astronomical Unit (AU)

Aero-Terms!

The average distance from the Earth to the Sun; 1 AU is 149,597,870 kilometers (92,960,116 miles).

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.20.09)

"[The F-22 can] kick down the door, sweep out all enemy aircraft and get out without being detected by the enemy."

Source: Capt. Randy St. John, an F-22 pilot with the 27th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, which began flight operations last week with Kadena Air Base officials.

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